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and it doesn't seem like we are way behind the curb and i noticed puc has noted two times since october and looking at the facebook feeds out of many different post there is only maybe 1, 2, or 3. do we have a strategy so we have a constant presence to promoting positive things and changes as we go forward because i feel unless we catch up, we are really going to be not getting our message out and not framing this correctly. >> in fairness to miss malcolm, she's been focused on the local bill. i will try to respond to your questions. the puc has a strategy which includes socialization of the media that you are referring to. at this point the relative low level of activity you are saying is largely based on the fact that we are not clear through our decision making process of what the bottom message is of what we are offering it. we are keeping our powder dry until we have clear information to communicate. once we have opportunity to present further local build information on may 14th, once we have our decision on the commission on not to exceed rate then we are able to describe to our c
on the local bill. i will try to respond to your questions. the puc has a strategy which includes socialization of the media that you are referring to. at this point the relative low level of activity you are saying is largely based on the fact that we are not clear through our decision making process of what the bottom message is of what we are offering it. we are keeping our powder dry until we have clear information to communicate. once we have opportunity to present further local build information on may 14th, once we have our decision on the commission on not to exceed rate then we are able to describe to our customer community, the rate, the premium, the resource mix, the build opportunity that this program envisions and then we'll have a strong message to communicate. >> thank you. >> your welcome. >> thank you, miss hale, i appreciate that. i think my fear that i made through the chair that if we wait until we do have that clear message, by that point we will have lost a lot of ground in terms of the potential interest in this program and so i am really worried about that. i think that
on tuesday and we'll get a date for the approval meeting. there is not that action at the puc. i know as we are missing those dates we are pushing back possibly on the start of clean power set program. i'm concerned we are not moving in the direction we need to move. i want to go forward and expedited the process. yesterday i met with the staff and my staff of lafco welcome to be part of that to figure out ways how we can move forward on that program. i hope we can touch upon that today and during this report. lastly, i have noticed that the shell shocked effort is coming up again. i'm getting e-mails on that i know we have a communications plan and we have to put forward our message on that and it seems like there is a countervailing message out there because we don't have our voices out there to e-mail and other means to connect with people. with did do an editorial meeting with breed and myself and puc staff was there as well. questioning on how to get this program running and i think those events will be more helpful. miss hale? thank you. >> thank you, commissioner avalos. barbara hal
the california puc. the call for change has grown since our investigative unit's report raising questions about the executive of the utility. lawmakers not happy with this confidential document. tony? >> not pleased because two and a half years after san bruno, it shows the culture is still not focused on safety. now, the puc says it needs time to fix the problems. and today a growing list of lawmakers suggests the way to fix the problem is a change in leadership. >> simply put, this report is extremely alarming. >> a report marked confident. it's contents tell the story. >> when i learned about the report as part of today's hearing, my first thought was not again. can't the puc get something right? >> oh, my god. that is crazy. >> lawmakers wanted to know why more than two years after the deadsly and destructive explosions in san bruno -- >> we have a plane down in the neighborhood. >> why testimonials from employees inside the puc describe a culture where safety is still not a priority. where employees talk about cozy relationships with utilities that get in the way of needed oversight and ac
that have been put in place by the puc and the state of california, we need to make sure we avail ourselves of those. >> well, i will check with the city attorney's office and i know the sfpuc will be interested in following up on that as well. >> and again, i don't have no reason to believe there's any involvement but i believe we have an obligation to verify that. >> and jason fried, lafco staff, one thing we did the last time when there was the common sense san francisco which was pg and e using a different name at the time they were allowed to do this kind of stuff, we worked with the puc and the lafco staff put out a spreadsheet, it doesn't cost any money because i think a lot of the supervisors in their news letters put links to this information, so we have facebook, we have e-mail list, we have a lot of ways we can get has information out that won't necessarily cost any money right now is we're not spending the money we need for later on but we can still get that information out there, so what is reality of the program and using some of the things that those mailers are saying which
option would be for the puc to offer pumping rates and another step would be to stop pumping at the lake merced and thereby in a step-by-step fashion reduce pumping to allow the lake to recover >> can i have a point of order here. isn't this provided through a - >> i think we need to clarify so we shouldn't get into a lot of detail about what the commission says and a ongoing thank you. i'm not saying it's not within the document i'm raising that certain so the public need to know they have to read the document. and another comment which is a question i guess regarding the lakes and golden gate park. in recent years they seem to be stagnate and overgrown and i'm wondering if you're plan addresses the needs of those lakes to have enough movement and water supply even though those are rec park facilities but their dependent on the water coming in. you don't have to necessarily rely. finally the other thing is we're seeing only part of the picture you alluded in the few weeks a shortage facility but that's a separate project. the answer to our inquiry we're trying to a find other sources
newly announced or planned, perhaps it's not announced, joint puc and lafco meeting on june 25, that's going the fall within that 30 day period hopefully, if our commission decides on march 12th that it's ready to act on the proposed rates, then the 30 day period will begin shortly thereafter, and the board if it takes no action will be allowing the rates to become effective 30 days during that 30 day period, after that 30 day period, the rates would become effective, so hopefully we'll have an opportunity to engage in a dialog with our commission and with our staff about the clean power sf program on march 25th. >> barbara, could you say how certain it is that the commission take up the rates on march 12th? >> they'll take it up by -- yes, they will be considering, and i say that assuming that all the steps that we've already gotten in place fall, you know, are taken which includes rate fairness board, getting a briefing from staff on the results of the customer survey, that's scheduled to occur on march 8th, then march 1 and 8, march 1 and 8, i should reference my more detailed sch
. >> in the course for the puc building, we've actually incorporated in addition to that steel that's embedded in the monolithic concrete, specialized high strength cables that are not bonded to the sound concrete, but are threaded through essentially hollow conduits in the cast concrete. and when those cables are spread, they're actually anchored and they're actively in other floors and pressing down, forcing that concrete wall into a state of compression. and that's the characteristic which allows the building to shake, absorb energy from the earthquake, deform, and also come back to its original geometry. what that meant was the building would be functional. it meant it wouldn't have to be abandoned and fixed. >> we have probably the greatest specification for concrete ever developed for a project that has a really innovative structural system. one of the things that's evident from the research that's been done is that concrete is responsible for a significant amount of co2 production. and that's worldwide. and we developed a way in which we could incorporate replacement material such as f
a letter today. the puc will allow people to raise new arguments without ever having those arguments before us so we couldn't respond that were it would allow people to hold back and not comment on a eir after not commenting. i think this allows people to be productive in the sequa process at the beginning. so those are my thoughts and comments on supervisor kim's legislation and with that i'll turn it over >> can i respond to - >> sure. >> i've heard this a couple of times our election allows two appeals that's not true you are loud one appeal. now if that's legislation is changed then, yes then you can have more than one appeal. that's important to also lay out. in the planning commission would have to approve all the determinations and that's not true the puc still issued the planning permits. now if they have issues they can turn it back to the puc but they don't have to approve every declaration. for the negative declaration our - the thirty day appeal window begins at the beginning the appeal process. and the last piece on the mta we had asked planning for the universe that the puc
into the san francisco bay and pacific ocean. >> in 2006 the puc was planning a record number of projects. >> the public utilities commission is a very infrastructure-rich organization. we're out there rebuilding the water system. we've budget working on power generation in the country. we've been doing sewer for the city. we're looking at a brand-new rebuild of all watt systems in san francisco and we haven't had a home that's been other than mental. >> they staff over 900 people. the puc is in two office locations. >> you know, this is such a great place for a building. if the puc owned that building and we could make that the icon i can sustainable building puc represents, wouldn't be a dramatic idea? >> so, one of the major decisions we made was we wanted to make a statement with this building. we wanted this building to be a lead platinum building which is very few buildings in san francisco that achieved this mark. >> leadership and energy environmental design, it takes a look at the way we think about the places where we live and work. i like to think of it as designed for human an
the honor of hetch hetchy, the honor of the greatest engineering feats, reflects what our puc does for our public, and for generations to come it will educate everybody. >> i'm really proud that one of the greenest and most sustainable buildings is here in norm in district 6. the wind turbine, the solar power, the living machines, recycled water that ed and the mayor has already spoken to. and what's also amazing about this building is it's not just internally, but you can actually see it on the outside. so, when people are walking around the city they can actually see the green and environmental aspects. >> what better way to show that the puc cares about the environment and the puc is going to show everyone else, you can do this, too. and you can do it in a way that makes sense, that's affordable, and that is better for the environment. >> and this is the most energy efficient government building in the united states today, if not the world. and it is an example that the entire united states can look to and say, that's what we need to do to save our city hundreds of millions of dollars i
the puc is in two office locations. >> you know, this is such a great place for a building. if the puc owned that building and we could make that the icon i can sustainable building puc represents, wouldn't be a dramatic idea? >> so, one of the major decisions we made was we wanted to make a statement with this building. we wanted this building to be a lead platinum building which is very few buildings in san francisco that achieved this mark. >> leadership and energy environmental design, it takes a look at the way we think about the places where we live and work. i like to think of it as designed for human and environmental health. lead addresses five categories that enhances environment. indoor air quality, energy, water, materials and resources, and sustainable sites are the five categories for the lead. you can go for several gold or platinum certifications. >> the city wanted to be silver lead status. . maybe gold was a stretch. and people said, if we're going to be a sustainable organization that the pucs this has got to be the top of the line. it's got to be a lead
feasibility studies to really understand. and in parallel with that part of what puc staff would be doing is to really dig deep on the intellectual property. we've already started the conversation. we have assurances from noaa that we would be able to own the data, but it would be used in the model for life safety and weather -- sort of storm watch type situations, but it would be integrated into the forecasting model. but if any other entity wanted to use our data other than the government for predicting life safety systems, that there would be a structure in place where there would have to be an m-o-u with san francisco before they would be able to use our data. >> is it possible to recruit the 160,000? >> it's possible. if other cities in the area -- which they would -- have an opportunity to benefit from the data, if they want to use noaa services in a capacity, they would share the cost. >> [speaker not understood]. we could charge the nbc affiliates. >> mr. cruz had a fantastic idea as well as developing sort of a local weather app that we could sell to the residents of san francisc
were leveled by some of the most powerful employees inside the puc, correct? >> that's perhaps the most shocking part of this document. we've heard similar accusations from outside the puc. now insiders acknowledge safety is not the top priority. >> in the weeks and months following san bruno, reputations were under attack. questions centered on why it happened and why it wasn't prevented. >> we have a fire ball still coming out. >> now in confidential internal document exposes cultural problems identified and questioned by puc employees and stuff. one quote reads "if we were enforcing the rules, we would not have to worry about a safety culture." it continues "if we were holding utilities accountable and doing what we were supposed to be doing, san bruno would never have happened." the report was compiled by a private consulting firm hired by puc commissioners and included interviews with senior leaders and top-level directors. its purpose was to identify safety culture issues inside the puc. it appears to expose serious morale issues and internal breakdowns. >> this public utilities c
it would be a really great piece to change the modeling to what puc already does not. >> a should be like noah's ark. >> is there a second to that amendment? >> public comment? >> public comment, there be not two peep to accept that, there we go. is there a motion to approve? >> so moved. >> all right. second? >> second. >> all right. moved and second. public comments? mr. cruz did you want to talk about his picnic ideas? all those signify by saying aye. >> aye. >> those opposed? motion carries. finally we come to item 14. >> item 14 is discussion of proposed power clean power sf community choice aggregation program strategies including associated timeline overall resource mix and the effects on the not to exceed rate. ~ conference with legal counsel pursuant to california government code section 54956.9 (a) and san francisco administrative code section 67.10(d). >> good afternoon, ms. heal. >> good afternoon. >> so, werbach, barbara hale he assistant manager. we're back to talk about the items you identified for us at the joint puc/lafco meeting, meeting before last for you. ~ and that w
for the president of the puc to step down. >> oh, my god, that is crazy. >> we have a fire ball. still coming out. >> safety is by far their most important responsibility. and they have neglected that responsibility and it's indicated by this report and what we we saw in san bruno. >> this report and years of frustration dealing with the puc, the senator said it's time to change. >> good people lost their lives because an explosion that did not have to occur. the governor needs to replace the president of the puc. >> senator hill said he will ask governor brown to remove the puc president, a job he has held since his appointment in 2002 by governor grey davis. >> are you calling on the governor to make changes? >> if he wants and we want the integrity of the public utilities commissions, that they are protecting our interest, the only way is changing the top, and that means changing the president of the puc. >> now, we contacted the public utility's commission asking to see if mr. peevey wanted to comment on the senator's call for his job, we received no response to our request and we contacted g
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